BRENT MASON Discusses His First Career Grammy Win

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 11, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Brent MasonFor over 20 years, guitarist Brent Mason has made his bones as a first-call Nashville session ace, appearing on top-selling albums by artists like Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Waylon Jennings, Martina McBride, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, and Shania Twain, as well as doing commercial work for Budweiser, Miller Brewing Co., Sears, and Ford, among others. This past Sunday night, Mason finally received the ultimate recognition for his fine pickin' when he won a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance, for his part on Brad Paisley's "Cluster Pluck."

Despite winning fourteen Academy of Country Music Guitarist of the Year Awards and two CMA Musician of the Year Awards, plus countless "Best Country Guitarist" polls in various guitar magazines through the years, this was Mason's first Grammy. "It's nice to now be announced as 'Grammy Award winner,' along with the other accolades" says the guitarist.

"Cluster Pluck" (insert puerile giggles here), which is on Paisley's latest album, Play (Arista), features a veritable extravaganza of chicken pickin' Tele players including James Burton, Albert Lee, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Redd Volkaert, and Steve Wariner, in addition to Paisley and Mason.

"I was very honored to be asked by Brad to play with some of the best country pickers on the planet," says Mason. "I actually was the first guy to put my part on, other than Brad's. I went to Castle studio here in Nashville and overdubbed on it. Brad was there and told me his concept of where everyone would play. I thought it was very cleverly put together."

Not leaving much time to celebrate, Mason was back home in Nashville by Monday, ready to go back into the studio. He recently finished working on a project by Thea Tippin, wife of country singer Aaron Tippin. He also reports that he did quite a bit of playing on Reba McEntire's new album. "She wanted to do some cuts that would enable her to show off her road band," Mason says slyly, "so the guitar player will have to study all my licks—I'll apologize to him now!"

For more on Brent, visit his web site and his MySpace page!

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